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Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated footballs

No explanations from Pats leaders for underinflated footballs; Brady says no contact with NFL
Howard Ulman, The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been contacted by the NFL, even as league officials investigate whether the team cheated against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.

4-time NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon ending career after '15

'It's all I ever wanted' - 4-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon making 2015 his final season
Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted to spend more time with and a phenom waiting in the wings at Hendrick Motorsports, knew midway through last season that he had one more year in him.

AP Source: Solo's husband driving team vehicle when arrested

Person with knowledge of case: Solo's husband was driving a team vehicle when arrested for DUI
Anne M. Peterson, The Associated Press

Jerramy Stevens, the husband of U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, was driving a team vehicle when he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence earlier this week, a person familiar with the details of the arrest said Thursday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they could not discuss the case publicly.

TMZ first reported the details regarding the vehicle.

CBJ's Bobrovsky to miss All-Star game with lower-body injury

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to miss Sunday's All-Star game with lower-body injury
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss this weekend's NHL All-Star game — on home ice — due to a lower-body injury he sustained Wednesday night in Winnipeg.

He will be replaced by St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott.

The Blue Jackets did not reveal a timetable for Bobrovsky's return.

CNN's Cooper says he was mistaken on Muslim zones

CNN's Cooper says he should have challenged claims of 'no go' zones
David Bauder, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - CNN has joined Fox News Channel in saying that it was mistaken to report in the wake of an attack on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that there were neighbourhoods in Europe considered "no go" zones for non-Muslims.

Afghans protest against French magazine in Kabul

Afghans stage small demonstration against Charlie Hebdo magazine near French Embassy in Kabul
The Associated Press

KABUL - Around 100 people, many carrying banners emblazoned with a red heart and letters reading the Prophet Muhammad, demonstrated in the Afghan capital against the publishers of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Thursday, accusing them of blasphemy.

There have been small, sporadic protests in Afghanistan since two gunmen attacked Charlie Hebdo's office on Jan. 7 for ridiculing the prophet in the magazine's cartoons. But Thursday's rally near the French Embassy in Kabul is the believed to be the first in the capital since the shootings in Paris.

Gun maker gets Newtown lawsuit moved to federal court

Gun maker gets Newtown suit moved to federal court where expert says it may have easier time
Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. - Gun maker Remington has moved a lawsuit by families of those shot in the Sandy Hook school massacre from state to federal court, where at least one expert says it has less chance of succeeding.

Nine families sued Remington and others in Bridgeport Superior Court in December arguing the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower. A 10th family joined the lawsuit adding a wrongful death claim.

France to get better guns, more intel agents to fight terror

France to get better guns, more agents to fight terror; 4 men charged with links to attacker
Sylvie Corbet And Nicolas Vaux-Montagny, The Associated Press

PARIS - France announced sweeping new measures to counter homegrown terrorism Wednesday, including giving security forces better weapons and protection, going on an intelligence agent hiring spree and creating a better database of anyone suspected of extremist links.

Bouchard calls request for on-court twirl 'unexpected'

Eugenie Bouchard advances at Australian Open, on-court presenter asks her to 'Give us a twirl'
Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Eugenie Bouchard's jaw dropped a little and her eyes went wide when the male presenter conducting her on-court interview at the Australian Open made an unusual request: "Can you give us a twirl?"

"A twirl?" the 20-year-old Canadian asked.

Nadal, Sharapova survive scares in 2nd round at Aussie Open

Nadal wins in 5, Sharapova saves 2 match points in 2nd-round scares at Australian Open
John Pye, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal dropped to his knees, clasping his hands tightly and appearing to be on the verge of tears as he celebrated a win at the Australian Open.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion has played some epic matches on Rod Laver Arena, including an almost six-hour final. This was a comeback second-round win over U.S. qualifier Tim Smyczek, a player ranked No. 112 who had never beaten a top 10 player.

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